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Lieux perdus lieux perdus Théâtre acoustique I

for 4 singers, chamber orchestra, electronics and "headphones 3D sound"

Pedro Garcia-Velasquez | Benjamin Lazar
Lieux Perdus (lost places) is a theatre of sound that plays on the evocative power of sound and music to reveal imaginary places. The musical composition interacts with a theatrical dramaturgy, inviting the listener to an imaginary stroll through the sound, by sound. A map of "visited" places is distributed as a program, inviting the listener to a virtual wander - playing on the border between evocative landscapes and pure music.

Supplied with headphones, an immersive and "3D" sound transports each listener to an ancient territory, like something out of a tale or a forgotten history. A church, a castle in ruin, a nocturnal plain or a courtyard in the morning, each have their specific music. Musicians play live, and the sound is "transported" to these places by computer tools, as well as with each of these place’s resonance qualities (echo off the walls, containment, outdoor) and disturbances (wind, footsteps, voices...).

The journey begins in a church. It is initially inhabited by the music of Gabrieli, essence that gradually evaporates. The windy church then reveals what has remained in its ruins, how it has transformed.
It is an intimate experience, in the collective set of a concert. In order to allow a stronger establishment of the « virtual, imaginary, headphones world », musicians play at the beginning from another hall. Musicians and public joins in the middle of the piece. The headphone listening persists. Few minutes before the end, the conductor invites us to remove our headphones, and thus to arrive to the last place (lieu) to visit, the place where we are physically.

This virtual world of the headphones is in constant tension with the physical world of musicians on set. The listener/spectator attends split realities - interpenetrating, fictitious and materialistic – bringing immaterial dimensions to the scenic presence of the performers.

Lieux perdus is a concert piece.
Map of Lieux Perdus

Artistic team :

Pedro Garcia-Velasquez
Benjamin Lazar

this pieces integrates excerpts from
Symphoniae Sacrae 1615 by Gabrieli

music computer realization
Augustin Muller

sound desings
Pedro Garcia-Velasquez, Jean Marc-Lyzwa, Augustin Muller

spasialization of sound desings
Jean Marc-Lyzwa

choix des motets de Gabrieli
Pedro Garcia-Velasquez, Maxime Pascal

sound projection system conception
Florent Derex

Camille Mauplot

map graphical design
Loïc Le Gall

Le Balcon - BabelScores Music Publishing House Musicians
Produduced by Le Balcon
Special thanks to Fondation Singer-Polignac, la Muse en Circuit, le Conservatoire de Paris, l'Espace Jean-Legèndre de Compiègne, Sennheiser and le consortium Bili.
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